An odd symptom

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   Posted 12/25/2010 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I posted this in the GERD section as well but wanted to get thoughts from those suffering from allergies, etc. Sorry about the long post in advance

about two weeks ago I noticed I have an odd symptom that happens to me on occasion. Sometimes when I eat I get a feeling of some mucus in my throat. It isn't a lot (unless I eat somethign with dairy in it which I have read causes mucus to thicken) and I can usually clear it up with either a very mild cough or a little clearing of the throat. It isn't like a constant lump feeling that I hear people talking about - it clearly feeling like a very small amount of mucus.

When I do have it, it starts about as soon as I start eating and is gone within 10-20 minutes after I stop eating. i seldom cough because of it - usually jsut clear my throat some and it goes away. . I can usually also feel the mucus going down my throat when I clear it up. BTW, I also have nasal congestion and at times a runny nose when this happens. I usually have to get up and go blow my nose when this happens as well but not always. I have noticed it is worse if I eat something warm or hot. The size of the meal doesn't matter but it seems the temperature of it does which seems odd. I can eat a spicy meal and I will get the runny nose but no sensation of mucus in my throat.

Since most of my family was over tonight for dinner I ask them if they experience the same thing and most of them say they experience it too - they didn't seem to give it another thought - said they are use to it.

I don't experience it any other time though - all the other times I feel great. It always goes away within 10-20 minutes. I am also a constant worrier so I read about this could be silent reflux and so it is all I focus on now so needless to say, I sit there and think about getting the mucus and sure enough it comes - the downside of being a worrier. confused.

One other thing - I have fairly constant nasal congestion due to my sinuses so it may be related to that - just don't know. Someone mentioned rhinitis due to eating but when I read about that it seems to fit except I don't always get the runny nose when I get the mucus but I do get congestion.

Does this sound like post nasal drip caused by eating or is it what they call silent reflux? BTW, I have read all the symptoms of silent reflux and this is the only one that remotely fits that disease. No throat issues, coughing, etc.



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   Posted 12/26/2010 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ferrell....yes this can be a sign of a food allergy. I get pnd too from foods that bother me. Sometimes it's mild and other times it seems to really bug me. If it becomes bothersome or you notice it happening more and more, you can try an otc allergy med daily to see if it helps. Food allergies can have a wide variety of symptoms ranging from mild pnd to a full out attack of anaphylaxis. But most people with food allergies are in the mild form and it only causes some discomfort. If it continues, you should get tested to find out what and if you are allergic to certain foods - however, if it ever comes to that, keep in mind that food allergy tests are not very reliable and sometimes you just have to listen to your body instead.
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   Posted 12/26/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't believe it is an allergy. I tend to think it is the breaking up of congestion from chewing food and/or the temperature of the food.

I also wonder if it could be silent reflux but I have no other symptoms of that so I question that as well.

Since I am a worrier I tend to notice it now all the time although if I am busy doing something after I eat I don't notice it at all. Makes me wonder how real it really is or it is not near as much as I thnk. I have heard of people getting the sensation of something in their throat because of anxiety.

Post Edited (Mythbuster) : 12/26/2010 11:55:27 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/27/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Well since I have had sinus problems for most of my life that could certainly be it. I take decongestants and antihistamines regularly - I notice this more when I skip them

My wife and daughter tell me they feel it all the time as well and they also have sinus problems although not as bad as mine. Both my parents say they feel the same thing. Must be related to sinuses.

From what I have been reading, if it is reflux related it is pretty consistent and causes a hacking cough or chronic throat clearing as well as other symptoms which none of us have

Post Edited (Mythbuster) : 12/27/2010 12:04:20 PM (GMT-7)

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